Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you. If you look tired or older than you actually are, then you may have considered undergoing eyelid surgery. Read on to learn more about this popular cosmetic surgery procedure.
What is eyelid surgery?
Also known as blepharoplasty, cosmetic eyelid surgery consists of removing excess fat and drooping skin of the upper eyelids and excess tissue and skin in the lower eyelid to give you a more youthful, rested appearance.
How does it work?
Incisions are made within the natural crease of the upper eyelid, through which excess fat is removed or repositioned, muscles are tightened, and loose skin is removed before the lid is sewn back together. On the lower eyelid, the incisions are made inside the lower lid to remove fat bags and tighten the skin. In certain cases, some patients qualify for laser blepharoplasty, which consists of tightening the upper and lower eyelids without making any incisions.
Why is it popular?
Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for many reasons. First, it is an outpatient procedure that takes no more than 1-2 hours to perform. Second, recovery is not overly difficult and most patients return to work in about a week after the surgery. Finally, the results are subtle enough to where no one will know you had work done unless you tell them. The scars are also hidden in the creases of the upper eyelid and lash line of the lower eyelid.
What is recovery like?
You can expect some swelling for the first week to 10 days after surgery. Patients can wear makeup 5-7 days after surgery, at which time they start returning to work and social situations. Patients can resume low-impact exercise about three weeks after surgery but wait about six months for more strenuous surgery.
Eyelid surgery can help you turn back time on your face with little downtime. If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery and whether you are a candidate for surgery, set up a consultation with Dr. Wiener by calling (773) 763-3990 today.